"THE HISTORY OF BRITAIN" Westminster Abbey Tip by DAO
Westminster Abbey, London: 267 reviews and 467 photos
MUSEUM? SACRED SITE? WORKING CHURCH?
The Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster is revered for it?s amazing collection of historical figures and ornate interior. Known lovingly as Westminster Abbey even though the last monks left 500 years ago. The Abbey is at the centre of English and (later) British history for the last 1000 years. Every Monarch since 1006 has been crowned here. Oliver Cromwell, who removed the Monarchy, was buried her and then thrown out when the Monarchy returned. Many Royal weddings have taken place inside its hallowed halls. To be buried here is the last honour to be bestowed in a life of service to King and Crown.
The Abbey is still and active Anglican centre of worship known as a 'Royal Peculiar' because it is neither a Cathedral nor a Parish Church. In the 1040s King Edward (later St Edward the Confessor) set forth to enlarge a small Benedictine monastery. This building was dedicated to St Peter the Apostle. It was referred to as the ?West Minster? to distinguish it from St Paul?s Cathedral (the East Minster).
The interior varies from primitive tombs to the ornate ceilings and chapels throughout. Many tombs of the Royal and famous are decorated with life sized effigies. The Museum (not to be missed!) depicts how these effigies are made and details the process for burial within the Abbey.
The most important event to take place here was the coronation of William the Conqueror on Christmas day 1066. The Coronation Chair has been used to install every Monarch since.
*PLEASE NOTE: ONLY WORSHIPERS ARE ALLOWED ON SUNDAYS*
Address: Deans Yard, SW1
Directions: St James's Park Tube Station
Phone: 0 20 7654 4900
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